Ice Climbing and Winter Backpacking

For most of enjoying in the season of winter months comes down to watching the snowflakes while fluttering and drinking some

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hot bevarage in the warm room or skiing, at best. But this is unthinkable for people who enjoy ice climbing and winter backpaking. The thrill of danger and the excitement of unknown, yet unexplored regions and sceneries is how they see the fun in winter. These types of activities are not for everyone, someone would rather stay in the comfort of their homes next to the warm fireplace, but for adventures these activities are worth every effort.

Although demanding and sometimes dangerous, both ice climbing and winter backpacking can be enjoyable experience if you are well prepared. And dangerous is also part of the fun, I suppose.

Ice climbing is difficult sport that takes a good condition, strength and endurance. With right training, you can be in good shape and ready for your first climb. The right exercises include pull-ups, step-ups, squats, overhead press, etc.When ice climbing, you can use a lot of different tecqniques and equipment. The equipment should be chosen according to the courses and ice texture.

For steeper and higher slopes crampons are necessary for a safe climbing. Crampons are fixtures that are attached to footwear in order to improve mobility on ice. These fixtures also prevent damage to climbers’ feet.

For less steeper slopes, climbers can use an ice axe to chop steps.The length of best axe for any climber should be based on his size and type of activity. When you want to choose the correct axe, just stand upright and hold it. The spike should barely touch the ground.

Ice screws are used as protection in order to create rope anchors while climbing.

There are three main rope systems used in climbing: single, double and twin rope. Climbers use these rope systems for safety. Yet, single ropes are the most popular among climbers.

Winter backpacking can be very comfortable even though a lot of people who have never had such experience are skeptical on this point.

When preparing for winter backpacking, one should be aware of different challenges of this activity such as severe weather and shorter daylight hours. Thus, specially designed gear and additional skills are mandatory in order to have pleasurable experience.

Check the maps and research the area. Be sure that emergency services are always close. Check if the weather forecast is favorable. Always go with friend and have extra food and water in cases that something goes wrong.

Choose the right clothes that will enable you to stay warm and dry. Don’t forget navigation, first-aid supplies and fire.

Sleeping bags, tents and ground clothes are also necessary. During the winter backpacking consume a lot of the energy foods such as proteins, carbohydrates and fats. The energy foods will provide energy and help your body recover.

Finally, expect the unexpected whether you are preparing for ice climbing or winter backpacking and enjoy in your extraordinary experience.

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